A1 Team Portugal driver Filipe Albuquerque has predicted that the new Poritmao circuit in the Algarve will prove a strong test for drivers when it takes its place on the A1GO calendar for the 2008/09 season.

The Autodromo International do Algarve will be one of three new venues on the schedule for the new season and will play host to the tenth round of the season in April 2009. The circuit is currently under construction and is due for completion in October.

Albuquerque, who debuted for Portugal last season and scored three podiums from the eight races he contested, visited the construction site last week and having seen the track layout taking shape first hand, the 23-year-old is excited about the prospect of racing for his nation on the challenging circuit in the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car.

"It looks amazing," he said. "You can see the where the track will be because it is already marked out. I went round with a construction engineer and I realised how up and down hill it is - there are lots of elevation changes.

"The track also looks like it is going to be very, very wide, which will be good for overtaking. There are a few parts that look pretty nice to drive, too. After the main straight there is a big downhill drop and then a right-hand turn, which looks like it will be amazing. It could be a real challenge to drive under braking.

"There is another corner where the track drops down before a fast left corner, which, for sure, will be taken in fifth gear. It's going to be great to see when it is finally built."

Albuquerque added that he was excited by the prospect of having a home race - with the Algarve event being the first race in Portugal for three years.

"It will be very good for A1GP to have a race in Portugal," he added. "More and more people have been getting into the sport here because we have been performing and getting the results. It is going to be great for me to have people looking and cheering for me."

 

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